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1000+ minutes of adventure for 1 to 4 players.
Get ready for brand new adventures in the first ever board game where YOU are the hero! 1000+ minutes of adventure for 1 to 4 players.
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Happy New Year & production update

Posted by Serious Poulp (Creator)
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Greetings Explorers! 

We hope you had a great holiday season and found many games under your trees. 

During the holidays, the factory continued to print the millions of cards needed for wave 2. 

The printing of the replacement cards (43,000+ sets of 962 cards, plus the reprinting of the upgrade packs), as well as the reprinting of the 6 "old" expansions, is complete. We checked the MPCs (Mass Production Copy) during the holidays and validated them.

Unfortunately, and contrary to our objective, the factory has informed us that they will not be able to finalize the printing and assembly of the new content before the fateful deadline of Chinese New Year. The containers will be leaving China at the end of March / beginning of April

During the first Kickstarter campaign, the game's development process resulted in a 9-month delay. In this campaign, the delay due to the development of the game was much lower, it’s much more the volume of content to be produced and, especially, the implementation of enhanced quality control that has led to this delay of about 7 months. This does not excuse anything, but our priority is to avoid a repeat of wave one’s misadventures and the consequences that followed. 

In the mean time, you can check out the (almost finished) soundtrack composed by Barry Doublet for the new areas:

Area XI from "A Prison of Clouds"

 Area XII from "The Veins of the Earth"


Thank you for your patience and all our best wishes for 2019!

Gavin Robinson, Charlie, and 384 more people like this update.

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    1. Missing avatar

      Glenn Boggs on

      Firstly, Kickstarter is not a store. I don’t expect to back a Kickstarter and get a product with 2 day shipping.

      Kickstarter is to back projects you believe in to help them see the light of day. So what if it takes a few more months of development?

      I believe in the quality at the end of the tunnel and will enjoy every minute at the table with this game when it arrives. Until then, I’m not even worried about it.

    2. Edwin van Unen on

      Those soundtracks sound great!!

    3. Guy Lévi-Bochi on

      I'm one of the "Quality trumps speed" backers. Thanks for the transparency. Keep up the great work & happy new year! All the best for 2019.

    4. Barif on

      C’est pénible.

      Lors de votre dernier update ou vous évoquiez le nouvel an chinois, je me disais que l’on allait y avoir droit... Bingo!

      Mais j’y pence, vous aviez déjà eu ce problème lors de la première campagne (je parle du nouvel an chinois, hein)...

      Espérons que pour votre prochain jeux, vous aurez pris de l’expérience.

      Bon ben plus qu’á attendre! Vraiment pénible.

    5. Missing avatar

      Fabien Mahut on

      @Olivier Lehtonen, l'actu de projet 73 mentionne : If you move and need to change your delivery address before wave 2 occurs, you can do so from November 1st onward – and up to a few weeks before the start of deliveries – directly through your CrowdOx Pledge Manager account.

    6. VERNARDOS MICHALIS on

      Consider that this game will not be on sale in retail and any leftovers will be sold after we get ours. I mention that because Fireball Island, that I backed, is on sale in shops from November and there are still backers that have not yet received their copy.
      The actual delay is especially for those who have chosen the 1 wave shipping,like me. It will be around 6 months or a little more.
      But if someone have chosen 2 waves shipping or shipping 1.5 they can start their adventure.

    7. Missing avatar

      Mike Foy on

      No problem with the delay. I can’t wait for the game.

      Just a word about complaining about delays. If a project is delayed it is often either expected or the norm. But backers still have the right to moan about it, the backer didn’t cause the delay and should be allowed to voice their frustration.

      To remind them that it’s not a retail store or a traditional pre-order is pointless because they already know this.

      Basically as long as someone instant being rude about it they should be allowed to vent without the more enlightened of us telling them that they are wrong. They are not.

      Happy Friday everyone.

    8. Missing avatar

      Oliver Lehtonen on

      Bonjour, j'ai déménagé et changé d'adresse.
      Comment changer celle-ci pour la livraison ?
      Merci bien

    9. Missing avatar

      Martin Wright on

      @James Austin, Firstly, thank you James for your stellar advice. On reading your comment I immediately began the rather onerous task of completely removing my digital footprint. It is going well so far, although certain social media sites do make the leaving process quite convoluted. That said I take comfort knowing that, thanks to your marvellous advice, I will be forever rid of those filthy “explietives.”
      My TV went years ago after I settled down for the evening to watch a good, old fashioned Western,which is by far my favourite genre, and was assaulted by such decrepit sounds that I actually blacked out. On regaining consciousness I quickly swapped the disc but I only exacerbated the problem by replacing Hateful Eight with Django Unchained. I spent one week in hospital after that incident having my brain surgically scrubbed.
      With movies no longer a valid entertainment option for me I thought I would try the video game industry. I have a keen interest in law enforcement and so I purchased Grand Theft Auto 5 in the hopes of administering some digital justice. Instead I was forced to undergo my second brain scrub, and, believe me, they aren’t cheap.
      My final hope of an entertainment sanctuary was to be found within the board game world. In this world all has been well for years. I can read endless forums safe in the knowledge that I, and much more importantly my children, won’t be exposed to foul language.
      I mean, ultimately, it’s a forum for adults and the only topic being discussed is a delay to the delivery of a board game! Who could possibly feel the urge to use expletives in that situation. Maybe it is those people, and those who condone them, who should re-assess their presence on the internet?

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      ArsonFire on

      @James Austin & @Paul Kellet, I'm gonna back up @Martin Wright. Nothing wrong with aiming for higher standards. And see that link below the "Post Comment" button? It tells me that Kickstarter has higher standards.

      Now I'm gonna go back to waiting semi-patiently for the rest of my T7C goodies to arrive. :D

    11. James Austin
      Superbacker
      on

      @Martin Wright if you can't handle a little spicy language, you may want to get off the internet. Not everyone is offended by the occasional explietive.

      On the topic of the delay, I'm fine with it if it means better product. I've got a few digital kickstarters where I've accepted I'm never getting anything for my money, so with physical stuff I'm much happier with "better late than never" rather than "oh dear it's lost into the aether"

    12. Missing avatar

      ArtSchool on

      This is the last time that I choose a one-wave shipping. The extra waiting time is just not worth the saving.

    13. Missing avatar

      Andrew S
      Superbacker
      on

      @Scott D well said!

      Kickstarter is not a retail store and people shouldn't expect it to be. Delivering on time is everyone's goal, I'm sure, but the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Serious Poulp is communicating with us and I have no concerns about delivery of this game or that it will be worth the wait.

    14. Ernesto Reig
      Superbacker
      on

      Thank you very much for the update. The delays are ok for such a great product like this. I guess it´s really difficult to deal with all the tiny details that a project like this might have.
      I love the soundtracks. Looking forward to get my hands on this game

    15. Scott D
      Superbacker
      on

      Christ guys, chill out. So you’ll have your game in May. Big whoop. You’ve waited this long, you backed cause you wanted it and you’ll still get it.

      If you are that desperate for something to play, just buy a game and be done with it.

      Delays happen, things go wrong. You want perfect on time delivery, pay express postage and buy retail.

      Nobodies getting screwed here. Calm down.

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      Martin Wright on

      @Paul Kellet
      Kindly edit your post to remove your foul language from this public forum.

    17. Paul Kellett
      Superbacker
      on

      Thanks for the update. I'm happy to be getting a great game which I know has been checked rigorously.

      Everyone moaning should get a refund and fuck off. I despise you all.

    18. Missing avatar

      Bourdassol Jérôme on

      Je pense que nous allons finir par arriver presque à 2 ans à ce rythme. Vive la mondialisation...

    19. Radu P on

      Correction: big box = black box

    20. Radu P on

      As I have written below, I am quite relaxed about the delay. As a first-edition backer, I already have the big box, so this probably helps. I can also understand that with the re-reprinting of the first edition this delay was a distinct possibility. I know KS is not a shop. The difference is that I pay for my reward months in advance and I willingly take the risk of unforeseen delays. This is why I am always put off by the foreseeable delays.

      I backed about 30 games on KS. Most of them were on time or a couple of months late because of objective reasons completely outside the creators' control. Very few accumulated significant delays and a couple of creators lied to cover up their mismanagement of the campaign. So, no, being awfully late is not a mandatory feature of all Kickstarters, only of the poorly managed ones.

      Still, I could deal to some extent with such mismanagement. However, it is the other backers' cheerful willingness to put up with unreasonable schedules in the original campaign, their expectation of serious delays even before day 0, and their implicit expectation for creators to obligatorily include an unrealistic date, that make me really weary of future Kickstarters in general and of backing Serious Poulp games in particular.

    21. René-Philippe Thauvoye
      Superbacker
      on

      Bonne année a toute l'équipe.

      Question rapide, je viens de déménager. Comment est-ce que je peux changer l'adresse de mon pledge management?

    22. Dimitar on

      Happy new year! Just adding to the chorus of -- no worries, delays happen, thank you for your work and great communication!

    23. ExSheex Vanale on

      It's the influence of the 7th Continent. It doesn't want us to know when we're getting our content so it's an adventure we're on wondering when everything will be ready. It's all good, we're all stoked about it and want you guys to take your time and make sure everything is the way you want it, because how you want it is the way we all want it.

      Thanks for transparency. Delays happen, we can all wait a little longer for perfection.

    24. Missing avatar

      FONTAINES Matthieu on

      Take your time, that’s, eventually a feature I come to like with ks. You don’t know when you will receive the game and it’s just a good surprise the day it arrives.

    25. CobraMisfit
      Superbacker
      on

      Appreciate the update and no worries. Delays happen and I'm more than happy to wait (plenty of games on my shelf anyway). Keep up the great work!

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      ArsonFire on

      Hmmm.... shall I (a) rant about the delay or (b) get stuck into another attempt at the Voracious Bi-...er... Goddess?
      (a) seems petty, pointless and impertinent.
      (b) seems a little futile, after 4 failed attempts, but it's fun, so I'll do it anyway! :D

      For the furious few, among the commenters: Relax, take a chill pill, play another game (and then another... and another...), and try to learn a little patience and understanding. If you can't do that, you should probably abandon KS for good, go to a FLGS and buy something off the shelf - it's the best option for the chronically impatient. :P (Remember: chill pill.)

    27. Aaron Wayman on

      Not surprised. As a one shipment backer. If you thought changing your preference to 1.5 was smart, good for you, but after the issues were noticed it seemed like the best move was to just wait. Saying it's people's fault for that is a bit ridiculous. Plus it was never really stated who would cover the shipping on switching to multiple shipments and that's something I didn't think I should have to pay for. Don't pat yourself on the back to much for meeting those 1.5 shipping deadlines. Yes things happen but I haven't backed anything else that took so long scale of the game or not. One game I backed is extremely high quality by one person and the customer service that I didn't even ask for I just reported to him the condition for which it arrived as a warning ( I was completely fine accepted the original )and a whole other copy of the game showed up at my house.

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      Charmander on

      The delay isn't a big deal - as long as the game is high quality, I'm more than happy to wait a bit longer (especially considering wave 1 where everything arrived on time but there were issues; I really appreciate SP going above and beyond by reprinting all of the cards)

      I also really love Barry's latest work - it's highly reminiscent of the previous T7C tracks with additional motifs that diversify from them (not including propeller sounds and the like)

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      Clint Walker
      Superbacker
      on

      @Richard Heydt
      You clearly aren't involved in production or manufacturing. The level of precision you apparently demand is impossible. Either the company lies and gives some arbitrarily over long ship date so they can be "early" which is not truly early or the various aspects of manufacturing produce an always date (whether that date is even made aware to others up the chain or not ). It sounds like you shouldn't back kickstarters at all.

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      Richard Heydt on

      Getting sick of board game kickstarters always delaying.

      YOU KNOW THIS FROM THE FIRST TIME. You went through a bad printing company this time because you wanted bigger profits. You didn't learn much from the first printing. Probably will not support your future projects. A month delay is fine for something you have done before but more than 6 months means you messed up not the manufacturers.

      In the words of many people "fix your shit". I expect extreme quality at this point and no mistakes.

    31. Lasse Rosenkilde Olsen on

      I can answer that Luca, there is a propeller on the side of the hot air balloon that is making those noises, see update 19 the resin prototype picture.

    32. Jonny on

      Thanks for the update guys, I really appreciate your transparency. I'm personally fine for the delay: it is much better a higher-quality product than rushing for nothing. Good luck now with the logistic and the final steps! The music is also awesome.

    33. J.D. Zuber Jr on

      As long as a quality game is delivered, this is no problem for me. Of course, it does not hurt that I have Too Many Bones and Undertow to play… 😉

    34. James on

      Note how the VAST majority of commenters are OK with delay. Don't fixate on the child-like petulance of the small minority.

    35. Dino Milheiriço on

      When can I expect the delivery in Portugal? Thxs

    36. Missing avatar

      Stev0
      Superbacker
      on

      I understand the delay. I honestly feel bad you had to reprint so much material. A waste of time and effort for you.
      Hope things pick up though and that there was a learning process in here to make up for the production error.

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      Patrick Morelli on

      Thanks for the news :)
      My main hope is to receive everything in the best condition possible (I chose Wave 2 for everything). So, waiting a few weeks more doesn't really bother me (but I hope to have the game during May :p )

      Happy New Year 2019! :)

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      Alex L on

      Thanks for the update! Keep up the good work!

    39. Missing avatar

      Luca on

      I really like the two new soundtracks, but why in area XI soundtrack, where we should use a hot air baloon, we hear the sound of an aircraft engine instead?

    40. Paul Sudlow
      Superbacker
      on

      That wacky Chinese New Year! It’s like a black hole that sucks in every Kickstarter within three months of it. I am not dismayed. Factored it in already. 😄

    41. Jimmy Trinket
      Superbacker
      on

      Thanks for the constant updates. Even if it isn't the greatest of news, we all like to hear how things are going. Love the music. Thank you.

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      LNeal on

      Thanks for the update into the production process. I find it fascinating to see this "behind the veil" as it were, look into the games production.

      Since this was me backing your idea and not just a straight purchase from, say an online retailer, I totally understand that delays will happen and expect to fully experience the challenges that you are faced with right along side you. Including changes in the product itself to the time line in delivery of the final product. This is what Kickstarter is doing after all. Helping me partner with those who have ideas I think are worth being brought about.

      Keeping your backers appraised of the situation is akin to speaking with your business partners (for this project) so straight forward, timely and informative updates like this should be the norm. For both good news and bad.

      So thank you for the information, keep doing what you do, and those of us who realize this is why we backed you will be here.

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      Marco Iannantuono on

      Fantastic compositions !! Every time I listen the 7th continent's main theme something special happens.. I feel at home :)

    44. Dan 'Grimmund' Long
      Superbacker
      on

      Thanks for keeping us informed!

    45. Michael Potter
      Superbacker
      on

      I find that shuffling and playing with unsleeved cards to not feel right and too much risk of sticky things getting all over the cards. So the cards getting all dinged up is fine as they will be replaced but I don’t like the experience so I am waiting for the new cards.

      The printer error and this further delay means my choice to pay extra for quicker shipping was a waste and this is on the company as they shipped bad cards the first time around and now have further delays.

    46. cgenov on

      Voila une aventure qui dure.....

    47. Tom Vander Velden on

      I can see where it sounds like I’m complaining. I take responsibility for choosing the shipping. I pretty much checked out of the Kickstarter after the initial delays and didn’t really look into changing my shipping voice. Ya that’s on me. But to be honest I still think it is worth noting that it is comically late for them. Just felt it was necessary to point my view on the subject. I am not upset. Like I said I have plenty of other games to play and plenty of others things to back. Just don’t care for how they do things here. So I will look elsewhere in the future. No biggie. I do like how some companies are just sending out the base game right away now. Seems like a good answers to these problems.

    48. Phillosmaster on

      I feel like every board game campaign should be required to write in big text THIS CAMPAIGN WILL BE DELAYED. I've never participated in a kickstarter campaign for a board game that hit it's target date perfectly (some way more dramatic than others). It seems to have gotten worse over time instead of better. I suspect the printers being used by these campaigns are much more in demand now than they were before. I'm not excusing 7th Continent for being late, but I guess to me this isn't all that much of a surprise. I'll start getting concerned when we reach a year late on the estimate. Right now a couple months late is pretty good by kickstarter standards. :)

    49. Realarete on

      I had totally forgotten about this game ....

    50. AlKendi on

      Thanks for the update. It is unfortunate but as others have mentioned, I, too, prefer quality over getting it sooner. However, the hype I had for this game has definitely diminished. I wish companies would offer refunds if massive delays took place since the customer did his part by paying full whereas the company didn't. I know this is KS, not retail but still the customer is at the mercy of the company. That being said, even if SP allowed refund I wouldn't ask for it because as I said, I prefer waiting for a good quality production than hastening a bad one.